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LPS PEAK Students Named Top 20 Finalists in Battle of the Brains

A group of PEAK students (LPS gifted education) from Shoal Creek Elementary have been named as a top 20 finalist in the annual. Burns and McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition.

Battle of the Brains is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition that sees K-12 students across Kansas City dream up an exhibit idea for Science City located at Union Station. The winner of the competition will see their exhibit come to life.

The Shoal Creek students made up one of nearly 740 groups to compete in this year's competition. That included more thatn 6,800 students from 245 schools across 50 school districts.

Since the LPS team is in the Top 20, the team will receive a several-thousand dollar grant from Burns and McDonnell, even if they don't win the top prize.

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Battle of the Brains Bus visited Ridgeview Elementary - where the PEAK program is headquartered - to surprise the students with the news. There was music, bubbles, banners and even a red carpet. 

Their proposed exhibit is called "Artmazeum: Colorful STEM Experience." 

To learn more about Battle of the Brains and see what the LPS team of finalists has proposed, you can visit the BOTB website. To learn more about the Battle Bus surprise and see a video featuring the LPS team, visit the Burns and McDonnell website.